This golden rattle from around 1730 with a coral teether and whistle was not only a showpiece, but was clearly used: on the whistletip the imprint of children's teeth are visible.

The rattle had a multiple purpose: the bells made ​​a joyful noise, kept the baby at peace and many believed tat the noise of the bells would offer protection against evil spirits which could cause childhood diseases which were often threatening for toddlers in the 18th century. The period in which a child was teething was considered as a dangerous and vulnerable period in a child's life, for which a coral-and-bells offered protection. The whistle tip as well as the coral teether served as a relieve for the sore gums.

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Go to object data Inv. No 0057.
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